Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Such a Fun Age

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I picked up this book because of bookclub, but I didn’t finish in time to discuss it. I was not too sure about the topic, because of the way it was presented to me.

I loved the book! It was written from the perspective of two different women, with two different outlooks. Some of it came from race, but I feel the majority of it came from class. 

One woman was raised in a culture where your talent was recognized, not how much money you could make. The other was raised with money. One felt that each person was living their own life. The other felt that if you weren’t excelling, you needed a push. 

It was a wonderful book with great characters and a solid storyline. I enjoyed almost every moment of it. It was definitely worth reading. 

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If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin

If Beale Street Could Talk

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked this up for bookclub. I hadn’t realized that the book was originally published so long ago that it pops up under modern classics. 

When I was reading it, I was struck by how much of the story is still very relevant today. It is a hard story to read, but I hope to get to the movie someday. 

I enjoyed the book and I would definitely recommend reading it. I was not so thrilled with the ending, which is why I didn’t give it 5 stars. 

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You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I loved this book! I picked it up because it was available at the library. I found that it had a lot of good information in it.

One of the things that I loved was that the author made it clear that this is her opinion, and she is not speaking for all black women. Just herself. Also, when there came a time to tell the white person part of the story, she chose to have a white person write that part, since she felt she couldn’t give it justice.

Great information was given in a humorous way. I would definitely recommend this book.

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You Can't Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain

32 Books You Need to Read This Summer (2019)

32 Books You Need to Read This Summer  has a few books that didn’t show up multiple times on the List of lists.  

I am posting this late, since all of these came out six months ago, or more.  It’s still a decent list, even though I edited it down.

Mostly Dead Things, Kristen Arnett (June 4)

Running to the Edge: A Band of Misfits and the Guru Who Unlocked the Secrets of Speed, Matthew Futterman (June 4)

This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto, Suketu Mehta (June 4)

The Plaza: The Secret Life of America’s Most Famous Hotel, Julie Satow (June 4)

In West Mills, De’Shawn Charles Winslow (June 4)

Siege: Trump Under Fire, Michael Wolff (June 4)

Recursion, Blake Crouch (June 11)

Time After Time, Lisa Grunwald (June 11)

The Porpoise, Mark Haddon (June 18)

A Death in the Rainforest: How a Language and a Way of Life Came to an End in Papua New Guinea, Don Kulick (June 18)

A Philosophy of Ruin, Nicholas Mancusi (June 18)

Big Sky: A Jackson Brodie Novel, Kate Atkinson (June 25)

The Gone DeadChanelle Benz (June 25)

Talking to Robots: Tales from Our Human-Robot FuturesDavid Ewing Duncan (July 16)

The Wedding Party, Jasmine Guillory (July 16)

Speaking of Summer, Kalisha Buckhanon (July 30)

Chances Are…, Richard Russo (July 30)

A Particular Kind of Black Man, Tope Folarin (August 6)

The Remainder, Alia Trabucco Zerán (translated by Sophie Hughes) (August 6)

The Yellow House, Sarah M. Broom (August 13)

The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa (translated by Stephen Snyder) (August 13)

How to Be an Antiracist, Ibram X. Kendi (August 20)

The Girl Who Lived Twice: A Lisbeth Salander Novel, David Lagercrantz (August 27)